We were extremely sad to hear of the passing of our Patron, Bruce Kent, earlier this week (8th June).
Well-known and outspoken public figure
Bruce was best known for his outspoken work as general secretary and then chair of the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament (CND) in the 1980s. He became a well-known figure in the media, leading marches to ban the bomb and being a succinct spokesperson for peace, not war.
He also made personal sacrifices, being forced to leave the Catholic priesthood in 1987 due to his political statements.
Compassion for people and animals
At the time of his death Bruce was a Vice-President of CND, a Vice-President of Pax Christi, the Catholic peace organisation, and Emeritus President of the Movement for the Abolition of War.
Bruce’s circle of compassion extended widely to include animals. He was a great supporter of Compassion in World Farming, attending many of our events. He signed our Vision for Fair Food and Farming and endorsed many of our protest letters. We were honoured to have him as our Patron and we shall miss his commitment and kindness.